This Reader's Theater is for 4 students. It is the Greek/Egyptian version of Cinderella. In the script,Rhodopis is a slave in Egypt. Because she is from Greece the other servants are very mean to her. One day her master sees her dancing and gives her a pair of rose-red slippers to dance in. Rhodopis loves them but the other servants get more jealous and plot to make her pay. When the Pharaoh invites the kingdom to a party they get their chance. The servants give poor Rhodopis so many chores she can’t do them all in time so they go without her. Rhodopis is singing sadly and washing clothes by the river when the hippo gets her slippers wet. She moves them to dry in the sun. Horus comes as a falcon and takes one of the slippers. Horus drops the slipper in Pharaoh’s lap as a sign it is time to marry. He begins to search and, eventually, finds Rhodopis. There is a short writing assignment afterwards for the students to respond to.
My 3rd graders performed this but needed help with the Egyptian names. You can also have your students compare and contrast the standard version with this one using a Venn Diagram. I use reader's theaters to encourage my students to practice fluency. It is a fun way to do something that they need. My scripts are in black and white with only the occasional color picture on front so they photo copy easily. The problem with many other reader's theaters is that students spend a lot of time waiting for their part. When you have a small group they get more practice in and less off task behaviors take place.
My name is Melanie Whitesides but my store name is Wonbyone and, if your students enjoy this script, look for more fairy tales and twisted tales at my site. I hope that your students enjoy this script as much as mine did. Let me know how things go!
Rhodopis - A Greek/Cinderella Story
by Melanie Whitesides
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